Carl Bergmann (1821-1876)

Carl Bergmann, an eminent orchestra conductor as well as composer and cellist, shone for his daring in presenting the latest music from Europe. The eminent conductor directed most of the New York Philharmonic Society concerts from 1858 until 1873. Bergmann led the German Opera company in the first U.S. performance of Wagner's "Tannhauser" in 1859 at the Stadt-Theater and directed the first U.S. performance of Meyerbeer's "L'Africaine" in 1865. The conductor suffered from alcoholism after 1870, but his orchestra members' affection for him safeguarded his position. Bergmann managed to establish German music as serious art in the U.S. The Ernest Jordan studio in New York published this engraving of the artist, circa 1865.

1865 circa 5 years
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Ernst Jordan
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